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Discussion Thread 2: The Paradox of Tolerance (when encountering different world
Discussion Thread 2: The Paradox of Tolerance (when encountering different worldviews) please watch the video The possibility to broaden our worldview heavily depends on personal curiosity, intellectual humility, and the ability to listen to opposing views without necessarily feeling the fear to have to revise or change completely our belief system. One of the biases that this week's material presents is the so-called confirmation bias. It states that we tend to seek out the information we agree with because we find some comfort when we receive validations. For our second thread, I would like us to explore the paradox of tolerance and analyze what it implies. This concept was presented by Karl Popper, a British philosopher. He stated that being open-minded is a great virtue but this comes with limitations, for we cannot tolerate all opinions. Some opinions are in direct conflict with the ethical values and social norms that are the pillars of a stable society, he claimed, and if one truly practices unbounded tolerance by showing openness to all views, then this person should tolerate even the intolerant and those who want to silence and censor her/his ideas. In his own words, he suggests that "in order to maintain a tolerant society, the society must be intolerant of intolerance." And the fact that something that calls for tolerance so much has to practice essentially the opposite of tolerance is something that is considered paradoxical - as it appears contradictory. Karl Popper defends his position by saying that if we allow unlimited tolerance, intolerance will use its freedom to attack tolerance and destroy it. And that is not what we want. I would like you to ponder these questions: 1. have you ever happened to ponder whether you should tolerate intolerance? If so, in which contexts? What did you decide to do? If not, why not? Motivate your reasons either way. 2. It is commonly accepted in our time that to have a just society that accepts diversity as well as freedom of speech and opinion that comes with this diversity, we must practice tolerance. Tolerance is typically understood as allowing or accepting the actions, ideas, or people that we disagree with. But...should we protect all ideas, even those that are dangerous and can harm others in the name of freedom of speech? your job is to answer the question in 300 words. Post a substantive response to the second artifact posted by the weekly facilitator. A response post is substantive if it addresses the questions in detail, adds perspective, challenges the viewpoint presented by the artifact and the facilitator's analysis, and poses probing questions. A reply consisting of two-three sentences will not receive credit. Aim at posting a response that is no less than 300 words in length.

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